Andeisha with the children of orphanage
Andeisha speaking at a panel in New York.
Andeisha speaking at a Vital Voices event
Andeisha teaches AFCECO graduates
Andeisha and Shabnam Zahir in 2007
Andeisha speaks to students in Australia in 2005
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Andeisha Letter

January 2014

 

 

Dear Friends of AFCECO,

These past ten years have been the most rewarding, inspiring and fulfilling years of my life. From a desire to simply do what I could to help the children of my war torn country, this action grew, thanks to a family as wide as the world itself. During this period nearly 2000 children have passed through AFCECO’s very special orphanages, where they have grown up in a peaceful, healthy and educating environment. From having nothing to having a Learning Center, music and art programs, athletics and even journeys to far away lands, these children will take the gifts of the world into the future, they will do what is right, they will be good citizens.

Your continuing confidence in what we do at AFCECO is paramount to our existence.

I am writing you now to announce that I am planning to step down as Executive Director of AFCECO. This past year AFCECO has come up against a variety of pressures that among other things has threatened our security. The extreme elements both inside and outside government have made things difficult, and I myself have been targeted. The reason these people give for their actions is they believe I am “westernizing” the children, pulling them away from hardcore Islamic values. At the same time, I have developed health and family issues that need attention.

My stepping out of the light will allow AFCECO to continue without the attention that these extreme elements have focused on me personally. I am very concerned that if I stay much longer, there may be more harassment of the children in our care.

Right now we have a solid group of “graduates” who are now in university and are tremendously devoted to AFCECO, since they were raised in the orphanages. Who better than these young Afghans to rise up and be trained to lead AFCECO? They more than anyone in the world understand the value of AFCECO. This is the investment you have made, patiently, and now it is coming to fruition. Out of this growing pool of young leaders, we have selected some of them to be part of an Executive Team that also includes some more experienced anagers. To lead, mentor and guide this team, we are planning to hire a Director of Operations. This team elected their Team Leader. Her name is Manizha Rahimi, who is one of our leading graduates. We are pleased with this decision. In the near future, we plan to introduce her to you.

I will remain as a Chairperson and be in touch with the new Executive Team. Since AFCECO has an urgent need to raise funds to maintain our orphanages, I will be especially active in supporting their fundraising efforts.
I thank you all from the depths of my heart for everything you have done and continue to do.

Sincerely,
Andeisha Farid
Barak Obama
“Andeisha Farid, an extraordinary woman from Afghanistan, who’s taken great risks to educate the next generation, one girl at a time. Together, they point the way to a future where progress is shared and prosperity is sustainable”
Barak Obama
Women Economic Forum of the ALL Ladies League
“In recognition of your outstanding leadership for humanity and peace, and for your caring and concern for social inclusion and service to society, the ALL Ladies League – Women Economic Forum would be pleased to confer on you the award of “Global Women Peace Leaders of the Decade”. You are among the select distinguished leaders worldwide who will be conferred this prestigious award. We are aware that you have received many awards, but perhaps this would be a pioneering one from an international and diverse all-women’s chamber committed to the inclusive vision of uniting the world through women’s leadership"
Women Economic Forum of the ALL Ladies League
Jill Iscol
“Andeisha Farid, an extraordinary woman from Afghanistan, who’s taken great risks to educate the next generation, one girl at a time. Together, they point the way to a future where progress is shared and prosperity is sustainable”
Barak Obama
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Message from Chairperson

From the moment I could open my eyes I saw my village turned to rubble by a Soviet airstrike. From the moment I could hear I listened to the screaming voices of helpless widows and orphaned children.

Our Management Team

Andeisha Farid laid down the foundation of AFCECO in 2004 and directed it to become a deep-rooted non-profit organization running orphanages and learning centers in Afghanistan and refugee camps in Pakistan.

Andeisha Farid Bio

These past tAndeisha Farid is the Founder and Chairperson of Afghan Child Education and Caring Organization, AFCECO . She was born in 1983 in Afghanistan, on the day when the former Soviet jets ruined her village in to rubble and forced the entire community to leave their homeland and take refuge in Iran.
Andeisha Bio

Andeisha was honored at Vital Voices’ 2010 Global Leadership Awards, and Hillary Clinton, founder of Vital Voices said in her speech “When we were listening to Andeisha Farid talk about growing up in a refugee camp, she said words that should stick with all of us: ‘But I got an education.’”
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Obama on Andeisha
Andeisha was also invited to attend a summit on entrepreneurship hosted by Barack Obama, where the President found her story compelling enough to mention in his speech to the entire community: “Andeisha Farid, an extraordinary woman from Afghanistan, who’s taken great risks to educate the next generation, one girl at a time. Together, they point the way to a future where progress is shared and prosperity is sustainable”
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Brian Williams
NBC Nightly News
Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News visited Mehan Orphanage in September 2009 and made many stories on Andeisha's works, which resulted in attracting hundreds of sponsors and supporters.
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FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit
Andeisha receives the Global Leadership Award at Lincoln Center from Vital Voices. In her speech, Hillary mentioned Andeisha: “When we were listening to Andeisha Farid talk about growing up in a refugee camp, she said words that should stick with all of us: ‘But I got an education.’”
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